Archive for June, 2011

Contest: Help Me Plan a Geocaching Event

ESP Boss & I have been asked to plan a three-day geocaching event to help celebrate Arizona’s Centennial and I need YOUR help!

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I have a quick three question survey that I want you to answer for me. I will randomly draw a name from all the survey responses to send them a FREE EatStayPlay.com tee shirt.

Survey runs from June 23, 2011 until midnight (Arizona time) June 26, 2011.

Winner will be notified on Monday June 27, 2011 and announced in next week’s newsletter.

Guest Author: Pony Express Trail

Geocaching via the Pony Express Trail

By Steve Allen aka MO PIRATE

Pony Express Coins
By now, I believe most folks know about the worldwide treasure hunting game called geocaching.

Using a GPS receiver and the satellites that transmit the signals to them, geocachers can get a “fix” on the location of over 1.3 million hidden containers around the world.

I’m sure the Pony Express riders from days gone by would have loved to have been able to use the GPS technology to help them in their trek across the Wild West.

Now, a new Pony Express Adventure can be had by trying your skills on the “Pony Express Trail Challenge” (GC1PRHM) geocache. It is a puzzle-type geocache by MO PIRATE where you need to “ride” the trail to find 10 traditional geocaches hidden by folks at or near Pony Express Stations, ruins of stations, statues, markers, or signs along the original trail of 1966 miles from St Joseph, MO to Sacramento, CA.

One geocache must be found from each state that the trail crossed and any two additional geocaches so long as all 10 are at qualifying sites.

A bookmark list of over 85 eligible geocaches is provided on the challenge website. Others may exist along the trail and could be counted as long as you check with the cache owner first.

Once you find a qualifying geocache, log your find and take a digital photograph of yourself at the site. E-mail all 10 of the geocache finds along with the pictures to the “challenge” owner (MO PIRATE). Once verified, I will send you the coordinates to the Grand Finale of this challenge (in St Joseph, MO) where you can sign the log and also get your username inscribed on a nameplate for the “Challenge Wall Plaque” which hangs proudly in the lobby of the Pony Express stable Museum in St Joseph, MO for all to see and enjoy.

For more information on this adventure, go to GC1PRHM. You’ll find all requirements and helpful hints to aid your travels.

If you want to ask any questions about the challenge just e-mail me Steve Allen aka MO PIRATE at packerbacker31@hotmail.com.

Geocaching Gear: New Designs

It’s been a while since I highlighted some of my geocaching designs that are available through CafePress.com. Many of my designs are for the Outdoor Princess in your life, but these designs don’t have a princess in sight!

Cache Happy Blue Baseball Jersey
This 100% cotton Baseball Jersey is a sporty hit with both men and women whether you’re in the game or just looking the part in great run-around casual-wear. Choose red, blue or black sleeves. Cache Happy Baseball Jersey

  • 6.1 oz. 100% heavyweight cotton
  • Standard fit
  • 3/4 length contrasting raglan sleeves

Cache Happy Mug
This mug is the perfect size for your favorite morning beverage or late night brew. It features a large, easy-grip handle. Treat yourself or give as a gift to someone special! Cache Happy Mug

  • Measures 3.75″ tall, 3″ diameter
  • Dishwasher and microwave safe

Eat. Cache. Crash. (What Else Is There?) PJs
Get your beauty rest in style with this comfy women’s pajama set. These cozy pj’s come with your choice of a soft pink/black or white/black plaid flannel bottom, plus your choice of black or white tee top. The custom, personalized pajamas also make great sweat pants. Eat. Cache. Crash.

  • Unisex flannel bottom is 100% cotton (4 oz) & has no fly and no pockets
  • Choose a pink/black or white/black plaid bottom
  • T-shirt is 100% cotton (4.5 oz) with a contoured, longer length to fit your curves
  • Choose a white or black tee top

Peace – Love – Geocaching Messenger Bag
From school, to carrying your laptop, to a hip alternative diaper bag, our versatile, spacious messenger bag is practically all you need to get you through every stage of your life — and look hip doing it. Peace Love Geocaching Bag

  • One front adjustable clasp closure.
  • Main compartment has inside slip pocket.
  • Front panel has zipper compartment.
  • Adjustable 2″ shoulder strap.
  • 600 Denier Polyester
  • Size: 14 1/2″ x 12″ x 5″

Peace – Love – Geocaching Dark Tee
Look cool without breaking the bank. Our durable, high-quality, pre-shrunk 100% cotton t-shirt is what to wear when you want to go comfortably casual. Preshrunk, durable and guaranteed. Peace Love Geocaching Dark tees

  • 5.6 oz. 100% cotton
  • Standard fit
  • Available in a variety of dark colors

And, as always, if there’s a design you’d like in a certain color, just leave me a comment and I’ll be happy to create it for you!

World Wide Flash Mob 2011

This past Saturday, I participated in WWFM 2011.

WWFM 2011 Prescott AZ

WWFM – World Wide Flash Mobs – A fun and friendly way to promote geocaching around the world. Thousands of geocachers at dozens of coordinated events spanning the globe, gathering at the same time.

Sonny and Sandy of the PodCacher podcast came up with the WWFM idea in 2007 after attending a mega-event. It was meant to be a fun “opposite” of a mega-event: all the cool aspects of a geocaching event, crammed into 15 minutes of excitement. An added dimension is represented by the letters “WW” – World Wide – these events occur across the planet on the same day at (mostly) the same time! These caching events are intended to bring geocachers together in a creative way, as well as introduce others (newbies) to the hobby.

Basic Requirements:

  • Hold the event on the official, announced day, preferably at the official time
  • The event should last only 15 minutes (some locations hold separate “after” events for more fun)
  • Take a group picture
  • Collect the number of people attended for statistical purposes
  • Be creative and Have fun!

There were about 40 people at the mob here in Prescott, Arizona. We gathered at the southwest corner of the Courthouse Plaza at 9:45. At 10:00, we took off for a walk around the square and then met at the south side steps for a group photo. There was a doggie event going on so I know we attracted a lot of attention. I told a BUNCH of people all about geocaching and EatStayPlay.com too!

Flash Mob Walking

Unlike the Tucson WWFM event, for our flash mob, we all wore red.

Guy In Red

Some of us wore more red than others!

 

The best part of these geocaching events is that you get to meet all the “famous” cachers in your area. Like JeanAnJoe who are prolific cachers having found nearly almost 5,000 caches and have hidden over 700.

Jean, Joe, and KimHere’s some more information about geocaching events.

Readers Weigh In:

  • Have you ever been to an event? What did you think?
  • Have you ever been in a flash mob? (Geocaching or otherwise)
  • Would you attend a local meet-and-greet?

 

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